Hacker takes credit for ESA 'breach'

Summary:A hacker claims to have broken into systems at the European Space Agency and stolen user data from the organisation

A hacker claims to have breached the European Space Agency, gaining access to and publishing online what appear to be 200 usernames, passwords and email addresses related to the organisation, along with details of root servers and databases.

In his blog, hacker TinKode listed email addresses allegedly linked to the Cern science institute, defence giant BAE systems and a string of others tied to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The breach also revealed logs with titles such as 'calibration sources' and 'orbit maintenance', according to TinKode. The attack was launched on 17 April, but it is not clear where it originated. Stratsec head of delivery Nick Ellsmore said that the veracity of the breach and the methods behind it cannot be verified, but noted that the leaked details appear authentic.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see European Space Agency hacked? on ZDNet Australia.


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